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"Timeless" Atomic City (TV Episode 2016) Poster

(TV Series)

(2016)

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Jump to: Character error (1)  | Factual errors (3)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Plot holes (1)

Character error 

After arriving outside Las Vegas in 1962 and seeing the atomic bomb explosion, Lucy makes reference to the US Department of Energy. That agency did not exist until 1977. As a competent historian, she would not have made this mistake and would have referred instead to the Atomic Energy Commission which was in existence in 1962.
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Factual errors 

When they first show Las Vegas in 1962 with the Sands, they have the location wrong. The Pioneer Club and the Golden Nugget would be at this point in reference to the Horseshoe and the Mint. The Sands was located on the four lane highway, not a narrow two-lane street. Also, the newest car is possibly a 1958, which would be odd not to see a newer car in Las Vegas.
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After Flynn takes the plutonium core of the atom bomb, the team seems to worry, as if the slightest vibration will set off a nuclear reaction. The plutonium core in an atomic weapon is inert (sub-critical), until the pressure waves from the conventional explosives in the bomb compress the fissile material to critical density and start the nuclear reaction.
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That plutonium core would wait around 30 kg (70 Lb). You would not be able to handle it like a baseball. The density of plutonium is around 17 g/cm3 , so it is very heavy.
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Miscellaneous 

During a fight scene between Wyatt Logan and Flynn Garcia, the silenced pistol in Wyatt's right hand is knocked out of his hand but reappears in his hand in the next shot without him picking it up.
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Right; time travellers can't go back to a period within their own lifetime? Antony Bruhl, the pilot of the Mother Ship, is played by Matt Frewer who was born in 1958, and the character of Bruhl is obviously a similar age. Ergo; Bruhl would be 3 or 4 years old in 1962 when this episode is set.
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Plot holes 

The Christy pit, i.e. the plutonium core stolen from the weapons test site, would no longer be usable after being buried in the ground for 55 years due to the short half-life of polonium (138.376 days) in the nuclear initiator. In order for nuclear fission to take place, the bomb needs a neutron source and a Christy pit has, in its center, a beryllium/polonium initiator that starts the fission reaction after the core is compressed by an implosion forcing the plutonium to a super-critical state. Without an initiator, the pit would be useless and, by the same token, an expired pit due to the polonium decaying to the point where it could not produce a sufficient injection of neutrons.
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